A bridge over the Jakhan river on the Ranipokhari-Rishikesh highway in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun district collapsed Friday affecting traffic on the route. This apart, the heavy rainfall that lashed the state over the past few days also resulted in parts of the Maldevta-Sahastradhara Link Road caving in and merging with the river.
Several vehicles were trapped under the rubble in the bridge collapse, but fortunately, there were no casualties. However, the developments have severely affected traffic in the region. Following the bridge collapse, traffic on the route has been halted, said collector R Rajesh Kumar. Rescue and deep-diving teams of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have reached the site. Rescue and relief operations are going on.
The Rishikesh-Devprayag, Rishikesh-Tehri and Dehradun-Mussoorie roads have been closed due to landslides caused by heavy rainfall. The Uttarakhand Police have urged people to avoid travelling to the affected areas till the weather becomes normal. Moreover, National Highway 58 has also been closed from Tapovan to Maletha due to heavy rainfall in the area, according to the Tehri-Garhwal district authorities.
The state has in recent years suffered huge losses to life and property due to natural disasters. A 2013 cloudburst caused devastating floods and landslides, killing over 5,700 people. Another such incident took place in 2016, killing around 30. In 2021, again, over 200 lives were lost after an avalanche set off flash floods in some tributaries of the Ganga.
More rains likely in Uttarakhand
As rains wreak havoc in the state, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy rainfall in various parts of the state in the next few days. The heavy rainfall has also resulted in a rise in water level of rivers.
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